Woodford Bridge Country Club by Diamond Resorts
6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent base for visiting North Devon
"We have just spent a week at the Woodford Bridge Country Club. On arrival, we were told that there had been a maintenance issue in the unit we had expected and so they had upgraded us, at no extra cost. Consequently, we ended up in a two-bedroom house (effectively) which was easily enough space for the two of us. There were two TVs, both with Freeview channels and DVD players, a well-equipped kitchen (complete with microwave and dishwasher) and a spacious bathroom. The site also has a gym/swimming pool, bar, children's play-area and restaurant but we didn't make much use of these as we were out most of the time. Although the staff told us they were 75% full, we didn't see many other people around and there was little noise, despite having a path outside our bedroom, although in the peak of summer when there are children there, this might be different. Main gripes: not enough power points for re-charging all our various gadgets; the parking space allocated to each of the units along our 'road' was tiny and there was no easy place to turn round - most days we reversed along the length of it, bends and all, until we reached the junction; and being a little isolated meant it was always a drive for an evening meal with one of us forgoing alcohol (though obviously we knew this when we booked). The restaurant on the site was ok, with particularly good fish on 'Fish and Game Night' (Tuesday) - but you must book in plenty of time. We also discovered a very good fish and chip shop in Holsworthy and went twice to The Green Dragon in Langtree, where they do a fabulous Luxury Fish Pie. Finally - watch out for the peacocks. There was one regularly grooming itself right outside the kitchen window. Great entertainment!"
- Travel date: 21st September 2009
"I stayed at Woodford Bridge a few years ago and booked again as I was travelling alone and wanted the freedom of self-catering with the facilities of a hotel if I wanted them. This time I booked a 1 bedroom appartment but was actually given T11 which is a bungalow with one bedroom. It was incredibly spacious and well-equipped. I could have moved in there and then! Everything was very comfortable and the staff were helpful and friendly. There is a shop on site as well as the leisure centre which has a beauty salon. You can rent DVDs from reception but as there is Freeview you can usually fine something to watch if you want a night in with the TV! Holsworthy is about 20 mins in one direction - has a Waitrose and various take-aways. Bideford is about 20 mins in the opposite direction. This place is great value and would be good summer or winter. I'll definitely go back!"
- Travel date: 1st September 2009
A quality countryside resort
"My wife and I stayed in a two bedroom lodge at Woodford Bridge in June 2009 after we found a very infrequent midyear timeshare swap for a UK resort, although we believe you can also make a booking here even if you do not own a timeshare. This is a quality countryside resort run by major timeshare operator, Diamond Resorts International. It is situated on a wooded hillside off a dip in the main road about half way between Holsworthy and Bideford. You can see its location on Google maps, and location might be its only disadvantage, as apart from the onsite pub-restaurant, it is 7 miles to the next pub if you want to eat somewhere different and you don't want to cook yourself. My wife had an operation on both feet a couple of weeks before our trip which meant she was not very mobile, but management were particularly helpful and kindly accommodated us in one of the disabled friendly units at the lower end of the resort, that went by the name Puffin. 16 out of the approximate 100 units are named after birds. It may be called a lodge and you may call it an apartment, but in reality Puffin is a two bedroom, two bathroom house, with one of its bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. It may be holiday accommodation but you could easily live here and it is certainly much bigger than the first house we owned. We have no doubt Puffin accommodates its maximum 6 people with a lot less of the typical holiday squeeze, and we suspect the other lodges will be similar. Puffin is one of 3 L shaped lodges in a short staggered terrace. The design creates private south east facing patios for each of the 3 lodges and in mid June, Puffin's patio had sun from 8.15 in the morning to 7.30 in the evening. The design also results in the properties having windows on all 4 sides, which lets in so much extra light. You will see from the uploaded pictures that the lounge, kitchen and bedrooms are pretty impressive for self catering holiday accommodation. The onsite restaurant that used to be called Thatchers serves exceptionally good food, although being set in a sort of cottage building it can be quite oppressive inside and certainly needs some air conditioning. We like to eat out when on holiday but due to the distance, for the first time ever, we cooked for ourselves, twice. There is a new Waitrose in Holsworthy and we found Morrisons is the easiest supermarket to find when in Bideford. The kitchen has a full oven, halogen ring hob, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishwasher and even a washing machine, so you can wash all your dirty clothes before you go home if you want. The only thing to be aware of is that the resort charges extra for electricity. With a choice of rooms, we slept in the good size double upstairs, which is light and airy due to windows being on two sides, but there is also a twin downstairs with a disabled (power) shower room next door to it. Due to the design, there is spare space upstairs to one side of the stairwell, which results in what can only be described as a huge main bathroom that has a separate (power) shower as well as a bath, with windows facing opposite sides of the property. Although we did not use it during our stay, Woodford Bridge also has its own Leisure Centre with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, plus a clubhouse with bar in which there is regular entertainment. There is also a mini market on site. The "locals" are very friendly. You'll see from the photos that Mr & Mrs Peacock like to visit, as do Mr & Mrs Mallard, a gang of Squirrels, and plenty of Birds of all types. If do don't mind the location and enjoy being in the countryside, then based on our experience, we are sure you will enjoy Woodford Bridge."
- Travel date: 21st August 2009
excellent accomodation in quiet but central location
"Couldn't believe the quality of accomodation when we arrived. We were expecting one bedroom for 2 adults & 2 kids & instead got a 2 storey house located in beautiful grounds with the benefit of restaurant,bar,entertainment centre,swimming pool & shop on our doorstep.The quality of furnishings was of a high standard with every appliance you would have at home.The Restaurant food was good & very reasonably priced. The entertainment was good craic . Location is a bit isolated but well worth the extra few miles. Unbelievable value for money. My only regret is that I didn't book this hotel for the duration of our holiday.."
- Travel date: 16th July 2009
Remote pleasant hotel / club with friendly staff and good accommodation
"Stayed here for the first time in late June / early July. Stayed in what is known as a lodge but better described as a semi detached house. The units are arranged up a gradual hill in small groups with adjacent parking spaces in groups. The unit i occupied had 2 bedrooms one with ensuite (good size) and a bathroom upstairs. Downstairs (which were really creaky) was a smallish kitchen (very well equipped with dishwasher washer /dryer and all the usual oven / Microwave and tools etc.) Also a dining area and lounge (all one space), two sofas (one a sofa bed I think) TV had freeview (area was going digital the week we were there) also a second tv in the main bedroom. DVD player provided. On arrival check in was quick and efficient (doesnt take American express credit cards) and problem free. Lodge key is a credit card type swipe which makes it easier when out and about. Site has a shop (never visited) a bar (a bit tacky looking like a butlins place but never visited during evening) and a restaurant (which is not owned by the hotel. The restaurant was nice enough, we went on Chinese buffet night and the food was good. The main problem was the heat, the place was an oven. The ceiling is low and during the hottest week of the year, there was no aircon and a pathetic ceiling fan. Windows couldnt be opened due to a fly problem ( appaently a local farm was causing an infestation and the restaurant was fumagated the day before) Flys were everywhere and when we arrived our accommodation had a dozen flys in it. We were assured it was an isolated incident and beyond the control of the hotel. Pool looked ok but didnt go there, likewise the games room. Kids play area outside was good and our 2 year old had great time. The biggest problem with the place is location. If you want a remote quiet location with pleasant surrounding, this is fine. If you want a touring centre, the place is just too far from anything and you spend 30 mins in the car down some very narrow lanes to get anywhere. Don't be put off by the above though, as we did have a good time here and our gripes are minor. The location is the key point to think about in choosing this hotel."
- Travel date: 8th July 2009
We loved it
"We recently stayed at this hotel and were stunned at the quality for the price. We are a New Zealand family trying to make our dollar go as far as possible. We were travelling in the Bideford area looking into family history. I found the hotel online and booked it because it offered self catering. We were absolutely stunned to find ourselves staying in a beautiful apartment with a brand new interior and all modern appliances etc. We had available to us swimming pool, squash, table tennis, gym, pool tables, internet, restaurant, bar. The staff were excellent and it was one of our most pleasant surprises ever. We wished we could have stayed longer and enjoyed the resort more."
- Travel date: 7th December 2008